Old tires bring new benefits through unique community grant program
TORONTO, May 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS)
unveiled a first-of-its-kind grant program that will award eligible
Ontario-based communities and organizations up to $50,000 towards the
purchase and installation of Ontario-manufactured recycled rubber
products such as rubber mulch, roof shingles and sidewalk tiles - which
helps the environment while supporting Ontario's economy.
"In less than two years, close to 25 million tires have been recycled
through our work with partners and individual supporters across the
province," explained Andrew Horsman, Executive Director, Ontario Tire
Stewardship. "The Community Grant Program is a natural next step to
build on this success by encouraging applicable Ontario communities and
organizations to think green when planning their projects, build green,
by using recycled rubber products and grow green by using products made
by Ontario recyclers and manufacturers."
The grant is open to municipalities, registered non-profit community
groups or organizations, schools/colleges/universities, and First
Nations communities throughout Ontario. To qualify, projects must
utilize products made from Ontario recycled rubber and be completed
within 12 months of approval.
Eligible projects will fall under two categories:
Granular products such as mulch for landscaping or playgrounds; and,
Manufactured products such as patio tiles, sidewalks, athletic
surfacing, roof shingles, underlayment, subflooring and others.
"Ontario communities invest considerable resources to support recycling
as a way to protect the environment," continues Horsman. "This program
supports projects that will touch the lives of residents while
profiling the benefits, value and utility of recycled products made
right here, in Ontario."
To educate Ontarians and share information about recycled products, OTS
will promote winning projects through activities such as on-site
signage, website postings, printed materials and trade shows.
Information about the Community Grant Program, including the application
process, may be accessed at www.ontariots.ca (www.GreenMyTires.ca) or by e-mailing info@OntarioTS.ca
About Ontario Tire Stewardship
Established in 2002, Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) is an Industry
Funding Organization (IFO) incorporated under Ontario's Waste Diversion
Act, to implement and operate the Used Tires Program.
The program recycles and reuses the 12 million tires sold annually in
the province, preventing them from ending up in landfills or being
dumped illegally. Instead, OTS directs these scrap tires to recyclers
who use them to make new green products for your home, office, local
school and park.
Beyond recycling, OTS also educates and encourages Ontarians on the use
of tire derived products - items made from used tires that actually
last longer and work better than similar products in market, and
educates Ontario drivers on how to get the most life and performance
from their tires.
For more information, please visit www.GreenMyTires.ca
SOURCE Ontario Tire Stewardship
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